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Which of the 49ers big needs is most likely to be addressed in free agency?

This latest four-round mock draft offers help for a lot of the 49ers needs. Free agency could change that, however.

The San Francisco 49ers enter the 2018 NFL offseason with a host of needs, but a few that stand out in particular. Cornerback and edge rusher are critical areas to improve on defense. On the other side of the ball, interior offensive line is a big need, running back could be depending on Carlos Hyde, and wide receiver could be as well.

The folks at USA Today’s Draft Wire website put together a four-round 2018 NFL mock draft, and with their five picks, the 49ers actually address every one of those areas of need. Here is the five-person class.

1 (9). Harold Landry, Edge, Boston College
2 (59). Deon Cain, WR, Clemson
3 (72). Frank Ragnow, OL, Arkansas
3 (73). Quenton Meeks, CB, Stanford
4 (124). Kalen Ballage, RB, Arizona State

We can go back and forth on players all day long. It’s hard enough to figure out who will be there at No. 9/10. It’s even more difficult once you move into day two and day three.

Considering positions is a little more in our wheelhouse in assessing what is needed and what can wait. Free agency gets going in a little over one month, at which point we’ll see just where the 49ers decide to get aggressive. The team is projected to have more cap room than anybody else, which provides them an opportunity to dig deep for big options. Edge rusher Ezekiel Ansah, cornerbacks Trumaine Johnson and Malcolm Butler, offensive guard Andrew Norwell, and wide receiver Allen Robinson are just a few of the notable names the 49ers could pursue in March.

The 49ers will assess the free agency market vs. the draft and make their decisions. Does a particular position jump out at you as one where they might invest a bit more in free agency as opposed to the draft? Many view the cornerback draft class as particularly deep. There are some intriguing names at edge rusher, but if they don’t think they can land a Bradley Chubb for example, maybe they are willing to invest a little more there in free agency?

Mock drafts are fun though exercises, but for predictive purposes, fairly useless. And mock drafts prior to free agency are only more so, particularly for a team like the 49ers with all their money. But, it gives us some things to compare as we try and figure out the direction in which the 49ers might be headed this offseason.